#347 Wednesday, December 31, 2013
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-> This is the place and time that we at CenterLines look back at a year of walking and bicycling news, we summarize the important events, and we identify the trends that will shape our new year. That had been my plan, but in preparation for writing such a piece I revisited previous efforts which were notable mostly for what I missed: large scale public bike sharing systems (there isn't the latent demand to make it feasible); cycletracks (they look expensive and European and won't catch on); and Millennials' migration to the cities and embrace of a car-free/car-lite lifestyle (they grew up in the suburbs and were raised-in-the-backseat-of-an-SUV).
The new crystal ball didn't arrive in time for CenterLines #347, so I'm using the old one while Amazon and UPS sort out who's more to blame. (I won't make any prediction there.) So here's what 2014 will be about: happiness. Even if I'm wrong (likely), why not focus on happiness as the ultimate goal of our work? Transportation and happiness are inextricable: time spent in our cars is time not spent with family and friends. And the strength of that social network is key to everything from longevity to neighborhood cohesion. If you're still not with me on the connection between walking, biking, and happiness ask yourself this: When was the last time you saw an unhappy kid on a bike?
May this be a happy New Year for you. I am writing this from Minnesota, which simultaneously has some of the happiest people (according to their tweets) and some of the least engaged workers (this is my day off). This isn't yet an exact science.
Happiness according to tweets:
Gallup's well-being survey of most/least engaged workers:
And finally, join the 11 million others who have watched Pharrell Williams' infectious 4-minute music video of Happy from the soundtrack of the movie Despicable Me 2. It features all sorts of happy people dancing down LA sidewalks: http://bit.ly/1eJuC33. Or if you are up for more, the 24-hour version: http://bit.ly/1h2l7MB
-> According to a Dec. 24th Co.Exist article, "Bike culture went more mainstream than ever in 2013. At last count there were 500 bike share programs in cities worldwide, from the largest in Paris, with 18,380 bikes, to one of the newest--Citibike in New York City, which launched in May. The data shows that New Yorkers are (mostly) loving it. A whopping 80,000 people signed up for annual memberships in the first 100 days.
"A lot of the rise in the popularity of biking is thanks to improvements in bike lanes and other safety infrastructure. Today, local governments are more aware than ever that making cycling easier for citizens is not just to please a few enthusiasts. Rather, more cyclists on the road can save a city in health costs, reduce road congestion, and boost local businesses. Europe has gone so far down this path that this year, for the first time, new bike sales overtook new car sales across the continent...
"Read more below for a look at where biking stands in 2013, and from a relatively new cyclist herself, here's hoping we see even more bike-friendly cities next year...
1. The 10 Best Biking Cities In America...
-> According to a Dec. 10th Project for Public Spaces excerpt from the booklet Walking As a Way of Life: Movement for Health & Happiness: http://bit.ly/1jN9FXb), "Researchers have discovered a 'wonder drug' for many of today's most common medical problems, says Dr. Bob Sallis, a family practitioner at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Fontana, California. It's been proven to help treat or prevent diabetes, depression, breast and colon cancer, high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, obesity, anxiety and osteoporosis, Sallis told leaders at the 2013 Walking Summit in Washington, D.C.
"'The drug is called walking,' Sallis announced. 'Its generic name is physical activity.' Recommended dosage is 30 minutes a day, five days a week, but children should double that to 60 minutes a day, seven days a week. Side effects may include weight loss, improved mood, improved sleep and bowel habits, stronger muscles and bones as well as looking and feeling better. Biking, swimming, dancing, gardening, sports, jogging and aerobics work equally well, Sallis said, but he cites three factors that make walking the most effective treatment: 1) Low or no cost; 2) Simple to do for people of all ages, incomes and fitness levels, and 3) Walking is Americans' favorite physical activity, so you are more likely to stick with a walking program than with other fitness prescriptions..."
-> According to a Dec. 23rd The Atlantic Cities article, "It's great for the environment. It's salubrious. And it's good, clean fun. However, how safe it is varies considerably from country to country, according to a new report (Cycling, Health and Safety: http://bit.ly/19OSU7I) from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the club of the world's more developed nations. And of the OECD's 34 members, Americans are not only among the world's least avid cyclists; they are also among the most likely to get killed. Here are a few interesting-if morbid-takeaways. Pedal safely!
-> According to a Dec. 11th Bicycle Colorado e-News article, "Dan Grunig, our executive director, toured flood-impacted state highways with the Colorado Department of Transportation in November to help identify any unique safety issues for bicyclists. The ride-along was just one step in conversations we've had with CDOT about the importance of reopening roads to bicycle traffic. On Monday, CDOT announced that all flood-repaired roads are now open to cyclists! We are grateful to CDOT for including us in discussions to make sure all road users-including those who ride bicycles-have access..."
-> According to a Dec. 12th Trans4M article, "Michigan Department of Transportation's (MDOT) plans for moving forward with an internal all-out effort on Complete Streets were presented in what was likely the last meeting of the state's Complete Streets Advisory Council (CSAC) on Thursday, December 5th. The update was another indication that a positive culture shift continues within the agency in regard to planning streets for all users.
"Michigan's Complete Streets Policy (http://1.usa.gov/1hHNDk7) implementation plan is... on track to meet its December 31 deadline for rollout of the policy implementation plan, which revises relevant MDOT procedures and guidelines and includes an exception process for projects where policy criteria might not be appropriate, said Brad Peterson of MDOT. Peterson emphasized that outreach will be a major component during the policy's implementation, including notifications through MDOT's social media, updated presentations, and a public MDOT Complete Streets webpage tentatively scheduled for early spring 2014. The plan focuses on project tracking and reporting, and will list MDOT's Complete Streets accomplishments to date. During policy implementation, MDOT staff will receive training on the policy..."
-> According to the Dec. American Trails e-Newsletter, "...Governor Jay Nixon and First Lady Georganne Nixon are encouraging Missouri families to get outside and take advantage of the incredible resources found in the Show-Me State by joining the Governor's 100 Mile Challenge (http://bit.ly/1dG5h4B). 'We are challenging Missourians to complete '100 Missouri Miles' of physical activity by the end of the year. Whether you run, walk, bike, paddle or roll, everyone can participate,' said the Governor. So far 12,605 Missourians have logged 1,104,376 miles..."
[Editor's Note: As of Dec. 26th: 361.1 miles logged by Gov. Jay Nixon and 422.5 miles by First Lady Georganne Nixon)
-> According to Dec. America Walks article, "...The Impact of Neighborhood Walkability on Walking Behavior paper (http://bit.ly/1c9ofy0) provides strong evidence that
-> According to a Dec. 17th Bike Walk Twin Cities (MN) article, "If it seems like there are more bicyclists and walkers on the streets of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, even in winter weather that challenges any form of getting around, that observation is confirmed with the release of the Bike Walk Twin Cities 2013 Count Report (http://bit.ly/1hHPAwI).
"Annual counts at 43 benchmark locations in the Twin Cities metro indicate that bicycling increased 78 percent and walking 16 percent between 2007 and 2013. Overall, active transportation (bicycling and walking together) rose by 45 percent from 2007 to 2013. These findings are based on manual two-hour counts conducted by specially-trained volunteers at locations encompassing a broad range of street types and facilities and representing all areas of Minneapolis and several adjacent communities. The 2013 counts are the highest ever recorded for bicycle trips, and the second highest ever recorded for pedestrian trips (down slightly from the record high of 2012)..."
"Cyclists who have struggled for years to attract political attention might be surprised to hear themselves talked about as an insidious new social force. But they can also see it as a kind of welcome-a recognition that for better or worse, they have, politically, arrived."
--Jordan Michael Smith in a Dec. 15th The Boston Globe article, "Conservatives' new enemy: Bikes"
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WEBINAR "Transportation Planning in Transportation Management Areas"
Date: January 8, 2014, 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #2 of 4: Funding Bikeshare Transit Systems"
Date: January 8, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Accessible Alterations"
Date: January 9, 2014, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Trails and the New Federal Accessibility Guidelines"
Date: January 9, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Strategies to Enable Winter Cycling and Walking"
Date: January 15, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
WEBINAR "Reshaping Rural Highways for Livability"
Date: January 21, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Directions in Federal, State and Local Transportation Funding"
Date: January 22, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "The NACTO Urban Street Design Guide: Changing the DNA of City Streets"
Date: January 28, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU)
WEBINAR "The NACTO Urban Bikeway Design Guide: State of The Practice Solutions for City Streets"
Date: January 29, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET (1.5 PDH/.2 IACET CEU)
WEBINAR "The Innovative DOT, 2014: An updated handbook for transportation officials"
Date: January 29, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #3 of 4: Institutionalizing Bikeshare Transit Systems"
Date: February 5, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Let's Talk Planning Webinar on Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues"
Date: February 13, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort"
Date: February 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
WEBINAR "Re-thinking the Urban Freeway"
Date: February 20, 2014, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "Bikeshare Transit Webinar Series #4 of 4: The Future of Bikeshare Transit Systems"
Date: March 5, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET
WEBINAR "How has Stockholm's congestion pricing experiment turned out and what can we learn from it?"
Date: March 11, 2014, no time provided
WEBINAR "Design for Cyclist and Pedestrian Comfort"
Date: March 19, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
WEBINAR "Public Health Benefits of Active Transportation"
Date: April 18, 2014, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET (.1 CEU, 1 AICP CM)
-> According to a Dec. 23rd email message from Vanessa Spartan, "The Maricopa Association of Governments (Phoenix's MPO) has a new Designing Transit Accessible Communities Toolkit (http://bit.ly/1eeplfg) that focuses on improving transit accessibility for pedestrians and bicyclists."
From the Designing Transit Accessible Communities Toolkit introduction, "Currently in the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) region, approximately 97 percent of all transit users approach the transit system by walking, biking, carpooling, or via kiss-and-ride; the remaining three percent drive alone and park in designated lots. Of all transit users, about 90 percent of them approach the system strictly by walking or bicycling. Regardless of the initial approach to transit, all connecting trips at the destination are made at the pedestrian level. Therefore, while there should be efforts to balance accessibility for all users, pedestrian connectivity should be addressed for all modes. Accessibility, for this study, is not defined as the ability to access transit service generally, but rather eliminating barriers transit patrons face as they access transit stops..."
-> According to a Dec. 22nd H+T Friends listerve posting by Megan Wier, "Health Resources in Action is pleased to be releasing a new series of Community Speed Reduction resources... The documents were written by a team of individuals from Health Resources in Action, a Boston-based public health institute, and the Metropolitan Area Planning Council a Boston-based regional planning organization, with support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Network of Public Health Institutes.
"Included in the series are the following documents:
* Public Health Impact: Community Speed Reduction: http://bit.ly/JgzBKe
-> According to FHWA's January 2014 Performance Based Planning and Programming Newsletter, "There is a growing shift towards coordinating performance based planning across Federal, State, and local levels. An effective tool for this coordination and decision making is establishing baseline and future conditions. Through the use of Scenario Planning, agencies can support performance based planning by establishing both baseline and desired future conditions, quantifying the measures associated with each approach, and then examining the different sets of policies and investments that could support those desired outcomes. MAP-21 supports the option for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) to use 'scenario development' in the development of metropolitan long-range transportation plans. Scenario analysis allows agencies to test possible approaches to meeting future needs and identify the most effective package of policies or investments that can address performance goals, objectives and targets.
"Scenario development and analysis may address:
* Different packages of investments by focusing on investments across different modes (e.g., transit, highways) or types of strategies (e.g., demand management, system preservation, system expansion)
"Scenario planning is often an inclusive and interactive process, involving considerable public participation. Agencies which use performance measures to compare alternatives, will be more informed about selecting strategies that will most ably support attainment of delineated objectives and make informed tradeoffs among different investment options..."
(See also Performance Based Planning and Programming Guidebook: http://1.usa.gov/H3LQJl)
According to the Dec. 25th Smart Growth Online newsletter, "By 2050 there will be more older people in the world than children under 14 years of age. In addition, 70 percent of the world population will be living in urban areas. This new report from the Global Cities Institute at the University of Toronto, Cities and Aging (http://bit.ly/JvrCso) examines the implications of these two converging global demographic trends and the policy and planning challenges associated with 'age friendly' cities."
-> According to the Introduction to the recently released FHWA report, Assessment of the Body of Knowledge on Incorporating Climate Change Adaptation Measures into Transportation Projects (http://1.usa.gov/JvkVqd), "Transportation systems are vulnerable to extreme weather and climate change impacts, such as increased temperatures, sea level rise, and more intense storms. These events threaten the ability of transportation agencies to effectively plan, invest in, operate, and maintain their infrastructure. Over the past decade, many transportation agencies have transitioned from vulnerability assessment to adaptation planning. Having evaluated the risk that climate change poses, these agencies are ready to begin building their resilience to a range of possible climate futures.
"This report highlights adaptation actions that transportation agencies around the world are already pursuing and articulates a growing set of best practices for implementing adaptation. The report also discusses strategies, examples, and best practices for evaluating the costs and benefits of adaptation. The purpose of the report is to provide transportation practitioners with a guide to the current 'state of practice' in this field..."
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-> CALL FOR PROPOSALS - Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, September 8-11, 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
-> CALL FOR ABSTRACTS - American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, November 15-19, 2014, New Orleans, LA.
-> CALL FOR SPEAKERS - PedsCount! Summit, May 14-16, 2014, Sacramento, CA.
-> January 8-10, 2014, NCUTCD Annual Meeting, Arlington, VA
-> January 11, 2014, TransportationCamp DC ’14, Arlington, VA.
-> January 12-16, 2014, Transportation Research Board 93rd Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
-> January 17-18, 2014, Oklahoma Bike Summit, Tulsa, OK.
-> January 24, 2014, Iowa Bike Summit, Des Moines, IA
-> January 24-27, 2014, 8-80 Open Streets Study Tour, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico.
-> February 8, 2014, New Jersey Bike & walk Summit, New Brunswick, NJ.
-> February 10-11, 2014, Colorado Bike Summit, Denver, CO.
-> February 10-12, 2014, Forward Thinking on the Front Range: A Smart Growth Tour, Denver area, CO
-> February 12-14, 2014, 2nd International Winter Cycling Congress, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
-> February 13-15, 2014, New Partners for Smart Growth, Denver, CO
-> February 14-16, 2014, Youth Bike Summit, New York, NY.
-> March 3, 2014, The National Women's Bicycling Forum, Washington, DC.
-> March 3-4, 2014, 2014 Transportation, Land Use and Air Quality Conference, Charlotte, NC.
-> March 3-5, 2014, National Bike Summit, Washington, DC.
-> March 9-12, ITE Technical Conference, Miami, FL.
-> March 9-12, 2014, Active Living Research Annual Conference, San Diego, CA.
-> March 9-14, 2014, Active Living Research Conference, San Diego, CA.
-> March 11-15, 2014, Aging in America, San Diego, CA.
-> March 21, 2014, Heels & Wheels Delaware Walk/Bike Summit 2014, Newark, NJ.
-> March 21-23, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Oakland, CA.
-> March 27-29, 2014, Montana Bike Walk Summit, Billings, MT.
-> April 8-10, 2014, California Trails and Greenways Conference, Palm Springs, CA.
-> April 11-12, 2014, Georgia Trail Summit, Athens, GA.
-> April 11-13, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Baltimore, MD.
-> April 14-16, 2013, 5th International Conference on Women's Issues in Transportation - Bridging the Gap, Paris, France.
-> April 16-18, 2014, 4th International Conference on Roundabouts, Seattle, WA. Info: Gene Russell, TRB ANB75 Committee chair, (email@example.com);
-> April 26-30, 2014, American Planning Association 2014 National Planning Conference, Atlanta, GA.
-> May 4-7, 2014, 2014 North American Snow Conference, Cincinnati, OH.
-> May 13-16, 2014, 2014 National Outdoor Recreation Conference San Francisco, CA.
-> May 14-16, 2014, PedsCount! Summit, Sacramento, CA.
-> May 27-30, 2014, Velo-City Global 2014 Conference, Adelaide, Australia.
-> June 4-7, 2014, Congress for the New Urbanism 22, Buffalo, NY.
-> July 9-11, 2013, TRB 5th International Conference on Surface Transportation Financing: Innovation, Experimentation, and Exploration, Irvine, CA.
-> July 20-23, 2014, 2014 Alternative Intersection & Interchange Symposium, Salt Lake City, UT.
-> July 21-23, 2014, 14th National Conference on Transportation Planning for Small and Medium-Sized Communities: Tools of the Trade, Burlington, VT.
-> July 25-27, 2014, Winning Campaign Training, Indianapolis, IN.
-> August 10-13, 2014, ITE Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.
-> September 8-11, 2013, Pro Walk/Pro Bike/Pro Place 2014, Pittsburgh, PA.
-> September 15-17, 2014, Transportation and Federal Land Partnership Enhancing Access, Mobility, Sustainability, and Connections to the American Great Outdoors, Washington, DC.
-> October 14-17, 2014, National Recreation and Park Association and Exposition, Charlotte, NC.
-> October 17-19, 2014, Winning Campaigns Training, Santa Barbara, CA.
-> November 6-8, 2014, ASCE International Conference on Sustainable Infrastructure 2014, Long Beach, CA.
-> November 15-19, 2014, American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, New Orleans, LA.
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